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Madeleine McCann At The Leveson Inquiry: The Free Speech Debate

by | 24th, November 2011

MADELEINE McCann: Kate and Gerry McCann has been addressing the Leveson Inquiry into media standards.

It’s front page news:

Front pages:

“Days of dignity for the McCanns”- Telegraph
“Lives are being harmed by these stories, says McCanns” Guardian
“I was violated by the press says Kate McCann”- Times
“Tortured by the tabloids”- Indy

Kate McCann says he felt “totally violated” when the News of the World published excerpts from a private diary.

Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3, 2007. He case continues to make headline news.

Gerry McCann also spoke. He noted how the coverage turned from helpful to their search for their daughter to being negative against them.

The media coverage was all about watching the parents.

And, then, as Mr McCann says, the Portuguese police were made arguidos, a words that now needs no translation. The media feeding frenzy had flesh and bone to take hold of.

“We were being tried by the media and unable to defend ourselves.”

Kate McCann recalls that on Sunday 14 September 2008, a friend texted her the news:

“Saw your diary in the newspapers, heartbreaking. I hope you’re all right.”

Portuguese police seized the diary in August 2007.

Someone got hold of it and copied it. They then gave it to the News of The World , which published extracts from it. Who? Why? Where? How?

Once more the paper and the police were tight.

Says Kate McCann:

“I felt totally violated. I had written these words at the most desperate time of my life, and it was my only way of communicating with Madeleine. There was absolutely no respect shown for me as a grieving mother or a human being or to my daughter. It made me feel very vulnerable and small, and I just couldn’t believe it. It didn’t stop there. It’s not just a one-day thing. The whole week was incredibly traumatic and every time I thought about it, I just couldn’t believe the injustice.”


“I just recently read through my diary entries at that point in that week, and I talk about climbing into a hole and not coming out because I just felt so worthless that we had been treated like that.”

How did Daniel Sanderson get the words from Kate McCann’s diaries?

Gerry McCann adds that the media pursued them. Back in Rothley, Leicestershire, the media hunted

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